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Old 04-21-2008, 01:49 PM
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Okay to explain and set the scene.



I am in the starting stages of building a new work shop next to my existing barn. It will take the place of my small work shop that has never been big enough for me to have my tools and build something in there.



Step one. Cut down a very large pecan tree, been hit by lightning and is not healthy anyway. It is about 10 feet to the southof the present barn. Well I crank my Stihl saw and it quits on me. Busted fuel line and had to order a replacement, two weeks. Wellthe saw was kinda small anyway. I drag out my bigPoulan (I call it THE ANTICHRIST). Naturally it won't start, heck it has been10 years since I cranked it. Pull the plug, got fire, and it will pop on starting fluid, so I knows it is a gas problem. I pull the case a part ---busted fuel line. However this one is just tygon tubing so I fix it. Set it on the ground pull the rope and I swear it scared the heck out a me-- it started. Cut the tree down without incident.



Now thiswas lastThursday. Fast forward to today.



This huge pecan tree is on the ground and needs to be cut up, piled up and burned. I sure would like to wait on my Stihlit is way lighter than the antichrist (ac), put you got to go with what you got. Crank up the ac and began to cut the tree up, man I had forgot just how heavy that saw was, if cattle gained wieght that fast I could be rich! Two tanks of fuel,barely made a dent in the tree. The saw is roaring like a champ,when it just goes clunk, not out of fuel. I just fueled it up. What can be the problem? Crank-crank-pull rope-pull rope, choke-pull rope-unchoke-pull rope-pull rope-pull rope-pull rope-pull rope. You guys get the picture. To the shop I go, I pull the plug wire check for spark. Ahhh-Haaa! No spark! Lets see what could it be, kill switch check nope, plug replace nope,dirt in the flywheel cleaned checked nope, key nope. To heck with this.



Project #2.



I have to recut and divert a drainage ditch that is presently passing where the new shop will sit. On the tractor I begin cutting the ditch. Man it is going good, ground is cuttingreal nice, dry so I have plenty of traction, I almost forget about the saw when---- BANG. What in heck was that.Awh heck I forgot that electric line ran between the barn and shop. Well it was already cut so I just go around it and continue doing my thing.



Couple hours later I am still at it. Its a long ditch. Where I am cutting in to the drainage canalthe soil is piled very high so I have to move lots of dirt. Typical of La. drainage work, when the parishdrainage crew dredges or cuts a new ditch they pile the spoil right on the bank of the ditch, making the ditch higher than anything else around. Well I have got it cut dang near deep enough when Iam removing some dirt, full box got a good drag going when ---- BANG. Something stopped the tractor dead in its tracks. I am talking solid! This ain't no root. So I back off of it when I notice the grader box ishanging kinda catawhompass. I look over the back, figure the keeper pin must have come off the landing gear. Nope, their is oil running everywhere- that is odd. I continue to give it a looking over. The right side landing gear is a hanging off the tractor. I pulled the stud plumb out the transaxle case. To the barn I go, get the box off and give it a looking over. Pulled the threads out of the transaxle case, this is not going to be pretty.



I am going to have to weld a larger stud to the landing gear pin. Then bore and tap the torn hole in the transaxle case.



Shouldn't take more than four fivemaybe six days to repair what I have managed to accomplish today.
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you musta wanted that work shop pretty bad!
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My friend you need a trackhoe.
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On second thought, there is no need for you to come over and help me on my workshop this weekend.


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You should consider sitting down when taking your next piss ..... you seem to be breaking everything you touch.
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Can't go nowhere but up from here, good luck.
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David, you have proved it - WE ARE DEFINITELY RELATED!
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"Yeah? Are you gonna make it all 220?"

"Yeah. 220... 221, whatever it takes."
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Hey thanks guys for the comic relief.

I do believe if you can't laugh at yourself, you are a truly unhappy person.

Repair shop called, my Stihl saw is ready, so I have another saw ready to be broken.

Plans for today.

Health Club this morning.
Swing by Mom and dad's to check on them.
Visitation and funeral for an old family friend.
Pick up the saw from repair shop.
Repair electric line.
Cut up tree.
Figure out how in the heck I am going to repair the tractor. Helicoil? Weld?

You guys stand back, they some heavy duty thinkin' going on here. You ought to be able to hear the grindin' and smell the smoke.
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twentynine - 4/22/2008 2:26 AM

Figure out how in the heck I am going to repair the tractor. Helicoil? Weld?

You guys stand back, they some heavy duty thinkin' going on here. You ought to be able to hear the grindin' and smell the smoke.
i am looking forward to tomorrow's post already
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Tractor!!!!!!!!

Well I looked at the stud that was pulled out and notice that it was only the first three threads in depth that were damaged. So I stuck my finger in the hole and sure enough past the first three threads, good stuff. So!

This is what I done. I used a very small file and a fine toothed hack saw blade to clean up and restore the threads on the stud. Tried it in the hole but it was cross threading due to the damaged female threads. What now?

So I am sitting at the back of the tractor thinking to myself. When all of a sudden a revelation hits me, BANG! Yes! It went bang.

It is a three point hitch and their is an identical stud on the left hand landing gear. So I gets my wrench and pull it out, by the way it was loose. So on a side note I think I may have discovered what lead to the initial failure of the right hand side. But I digress. So I take the left hand stud and try it in the right hand hole, it went right in and cranked down tight> man now if the screwed up stud will tighten up in the good hole I will be in business. Sure enough, useing a slight amount of english , turning it in one half turn out 1/2 turn, in 1 turn out 1/2 turn I was able to get it in and tighten up.

So I backed them both out, sprayed them down with brake parts cleaner to remove any oil or grease. Gave the female threads the same treatment. Broke out the JB Weld, mixed me up a batch, liberally coated the male threads. Worked them back in just like the first time.

The tractor is now sitting under the carporch until morning, this is to allow the JB Weld adaquate curring time. Then I will refill the gearbox with oil and give her a go.

Initial failure was due to the stud being loos and working itself back out of the hole. When it got to the point where only two or three threads were holding, they didn't provide enough strength to retain the stud. When I hit the Jimmy Hoffa burial site, something had to give and it did.

Electric line!!!!!!

Wire was fortunately not broken, it was pulled out of the buss bar at the originating end. Pulled the ends back into the box and reconnected. Redug the trench this time an additional 12" deeper.

Don't think I am going to try the chainsaw, things are going way to good to throw that in the mix just yet.
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All you really need is a "brain fart" decoder helmet.[img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Then you can see your problems before hand. Your name isn't Murphy by any chance? [img]../images/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

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cgrand - 4/22/2008 11:07 AM

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Figure out how in the heck I am going to repair the tractor. Helicoil? Weld?

You guys stand back, they some heavy duty thinkin' going on here. You ought to be able to hear the grindin' and smell the smoke.
i am looking forward to tomorrow's post already
He posted. Guess that electrical fix went without any hitches...



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twentynine - 4/22/2008 11:09 AM

So I stuck my finger in the hole
Ahh, the source of so many problems........


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ReelWork - 4/21/2008 8:11 PM David, you have proved it - WE ARE DEFINITELY RELATED!
Thats not something you wanna go braggin' about! [img]../images/emoticons/bash.gif[/img] [img]../images/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img][img]../images/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]
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ReelWork - 4/21/2008 8:11 PM David, you have proved it - WE ARE DEFINITELY RELATED!
Thats not something you wanna go braggin' about! [img]../images/emoticons/bash.gif[/img] [img]../images/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img][img]../images/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]
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Thanks Chris!
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Tireless - 4/21/2008 6:06 PM

You should consider sitting down when taking your next piss ..... you seem to be breaking everything you touch.
I gotta remember that!
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All of us have done things like this, we just don't tell
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Tireless - 4/21/2008 6:06 PM You should consider sitting down when taking your next piss ..... you seem to be breaking everything you touch.
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